Thursday, 27 February 2014

More nocturnal otter activity

I have not seen any otters in the day time since early January but the trail camera continues to capture night-time activity.   Last night an otter was scratching its ear by the entrance to the cliff holt at 19.45 pm and again at 02.07 am.   Only a single otter, and I cannot be sure whether it is male or female.   It comes to the holt every two or three days.   The family we had in early January seems to have gone.

 The first signs of spring are everywhere - catkins on hazel, willow in bud and earlier this week the first frog spawn on the pond I made in the garden.   The timing is consistent with previous years, mid February to early March.

Saturday, 8 February 2014

An Otter Getting Comfortable!

I got an excellent clip last night from the trail camera (I found out that it works best with batteries that are not flat after 3 days with no pictures!).

This is an otter gathering bedding at the cliff holt.    All the recent otter activity has been at night, often in the early morning.    It seems to rest up in the cliff holt, spending several hours there.